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Town and Port of Poole – 1580-1730 __ By Jenny Oliver

In the late C16th the town of Pooleoccupied only the peninsular south of the present railway line. The first detailed street map, the Pythouse map of c. 1630[1], shows a […]

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Poole’s Coastal Shipping Trade 1580-1730 __ By Don Nutt

Overview and summary The coastal shipping business was a significant and growing activity across the period. But it is difficult to be precise since trade and responsibilities for it are […]

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Henry Harbin and the Battle of the Fishing Nets 

The Admiralty Court of Poole assumed authority over activities in the harbour, including fishing and the conservation of young fish by the use of nets of suitable mesh size. They […]

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No Friendly Fire

The blockhouse on Brownsea Island was built in 1547, one of a string of coastal defences ordered by King Henry VIII against invasion from the continent. It was based on […]

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The Smuggler’s Curse

Copy of an original letter written by a smuggler to a Captain Bursack of the Revenue Cutter Speedwell and was found in Poole Custom House during renovations. The gentleman in […]

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The Fate of the Anne

Early in August 1625, three sailors, Nicholas Nurrey, Robert Rapson and Thomas Marryner arrived in Poole with an ominous tale to tell. A meeting was hastily arranged with the Mayor […]

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The Pirate Code

Pirates are considered to be a brutal, lawless lot.  But on board ship, they live under a set of rules called ‘The Pirates Code’ or ‘Articles of Agreement’.  Each Captain […]

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Swanskin

With many thanks to Roger Guttridge for his permission to use these extracts from his articles ‘A habit from the past’ and The water that is passed’ for Dorset Life. […]

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Family Fun Day –Scaplen’s Court- June 2019: featuring ‘Mayhem at the Inn – Poole 1623’

Rotary Club of Poole Bayhosted an event at Scaplen’s Court in June 2019, on behalf of Poole Museum, in order to celebrate the successful completion of the Pirates, Castaways & […]

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Research Findings 9 – Piracy and Poole

Piracy and Poole 1580-1730                      Don Nutt Elizabethan Days At the start of the period Piracy was rife in the Poole area and Lloyd saw it as one of Dorset’s important […]